Playa de Zarautz
Playa de Zarautz
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madhousemama
London, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
What a great beach! Busy, yes, but not horribly so. Having said that every day you can tell the new comers as low tide leaves a huge deep beach where they all pitch up and then the tide creeps in forcing everyone to steadily inch back until we're all left on a tiny strip at the back. High tide can come right up to the back of the beach in some parts. Time for tapas and a beer I would suggest.

Otherwise, clearly demarcated areas for swimming and water sports. Really great life guards managing the beach very actively and well. Lots of surf school, from kids through to adults.

There are waves so ok for toddlers with an adult sometimes but great for more adventurous preschoolers and upwards who want to get in and body board or jump waves all day. My boys 8 & 5 loved it. When the tide goes out you can dig holes in the sand that fill with water and warm up, this is great for the little ones.

In the middle of the beach there is a section which goes further back, go near here if you don't want to get caught out by high tides. There's also beach volleyball courts here and a skateboard park.

Good showers all along the beach but you can pay for warm ones and toilets also near the middle of the beach.

At the far right side there is a walkway and you can walk up the steep hill, hard work on a hot day but well worth it for the views. Go into Gran Camping Zarautz at the top of the hill and treat yourself to a beer and some tapas for your hard work.

That side of the beach doesn't have life guards and nudity is allowed btw. As such is a bit quieter. We only saw one fully nude man and there's a sprinkling of topless along the whole beach.

The little huts are quite expensive, we paid 17 euros for 1 day. Get yourself and umbrella and a chair and save money.

Loads of restaurants and bars along the beach. You can buy big cold water bottles from the bars. Don't miss the ice cream parlours. There's one near the play area on a side street. Amazing, but you only need one scoop, trust me they are HUGE!

Parking: there's really limited parking in Zarautz and you pay for it. There's a car park right at the left end of the beach, get there before 11 to get a park. Not cheap though. Blue spaces on the road are usually for 1.5 hours max, sometimes 4 hours. There's a seasonal car park on Gipuzkoa Kalea, 2.50 for half a day (4 hours) or 5 euros for the whole day. Again, don't leave it too late in August but 11 ish should be fine. Best value we found. It's a 7 minute ish walk to the beach from there so easy.

Overall, bug thumbs up. I really miss this beach right now!
Written September 13, 2016
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gert33
Aarhus113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
Long beach. Wide, room for everybody. Fine sand, no rocks apart from at the ends. Fresh but salty water. On most days it is easy and safe to enter the sea. Perfect place to learn to surf. A number of not expensive bars and restaurants. A number of beautiful sculptures can be enjoyed.
A perfect beach for adults. Keep an eye on minor children that cannot bathe on their own.
Written September 19, 2019
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TCV8970JN
Sevenoaks, UK69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
Went with small kids and everyone had a ball. The tide came in around 5pm but we had a great few hours skipping in the waves and making sandcastles. It’s very clean and the kids loved to see the little fish in the water.
Showers are provided and there are taps all around to rinse your feet and beach stuff.
We are planning on going again and breaking our own rules about seeing some place new every day because it is that lovely!
Written August 27, 2018
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carlosmp
Rio de Janeiro, RJ4,870 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Nice beach and town, filled with life, in one nice town in the basque country in Spain. Large sand strip, nice waters, waves and good facilites and amenities for snacks or food. Worth the visit
Written October 8, 2019
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Laura K
Espoo, Finland95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
A beautiful beach with excellent swimming water and lovely soft sand. Perfect for families with small children. The waves can get big, but you need to walk far to get deeper water. If you want a quieter time in July, come in the morning. It gets more crowded after lunch. There are plenty of toilets and showers at the beach, and small tents for rent. Unfortunately you have to pay for the toilet. Lots of bins available also, and people are quite good at keeping the beach clean. There are also lots of restaurants at the beach walk with lunch for about 15eur including two courses. I would love to come back again!
Written July 26, 2019
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Ευτυχία Κ
Berlin, Germany32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
One of the most amazing beaches I have ever been. clear water, nice sandy beach, nice atmosphere, beautiful place!! nice spot if you want to learn or do surf! I totally recommended it and I wish I will be back there soon.
Written July 8, 2019
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Ritabix
Dublin, Ireland593 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Zarautz beach seems to go on.forever. clean, fantastic surf and nice inexpensive cafes to have drinks or lunch along the promenade. In summer cute beach cabins appear on the sand. Surf schools and experienced surfers all along. Lots of locals just strolling along
Children's play areas and a few table tennis tables!
Written May 29, 2019
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IAN D
Wigan, UK25,395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
This is a beautiful promenade with the most amazing clean beach. Spent a good hour strolling and taking in the clean sea air.
Written June 30, 2018
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MiguelMCS
Lisbon, Portugal46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Solo
Zarautz is a big beach, with many spots to surf. A lot of restaurants and bars and a good environment of surf. Only the way to park cars is a bit strange without space, but have a big pay parking car under the floor.
Written April 26, 2017
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michael b
London, UK42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Family
Zarautz beach is awesome all year round, in the summer it is packed with holidaymakers, locals and surfers. In the winter, the surfers are still present and you get football tournaments from the local schools and leagues.

The promenade is long and car free, so full of people walking, running, cycling (although not strictly allowed). Lots of bars, restaurants, surf shops along the promenade too offering food and drinks at reasonable prices.

There are lots of activities on the beach, but this is a swimmers and surfers place, so never see windsurfers, jet skis or divers here.
Written September 17, 2016
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